An RRI for the present moment: relational and ‘well-up’ innovation

Kevin Albertson, Poonam Pandey, Stevienna de Saille, Efthymia Amanatidou, Keren Naa Abeka Arthur, Michiel van Oudheusden, Fabien Medvecky

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    The ultimate framing of the first iteration of RRI as enabling smart, inclusive, sustainable growth had as much to do with the financial crisis then engulfing the Eurozone as meeting the goals of the Lisbon Treaty. Now we have come to the end of Horizon 2020, it is presently unclear how RRI will continue to be addressed as it is mainstreamed into Horizon Europe. In this Perspective, we will argue that discussions about placing responsibility at the centre of innovation should not solely be aimed at promoting GDP-measured growth. Our vision must be longer, more global, more transformative. In this short piece, we explore the possibilities arising through extending ‘responsibility’ to an a-growth approach to innovation, one which emphasises the relational dimensions of responsible innovation through the concept of ‘well up’ economics.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)292-299
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Responsible Innovation
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2021


    • Responsible research and innovation
    • ethics of care
    • relational innovation
    • responsible stagnation
    • well-up economics

    Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

    • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research


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